Fire in Pleasant Prairie damages home and sends two to hospital
The Pleasant Prairie Fire Department released the following statement regarding a house fire on 39th Avenue this morning:
At approximately 9:38 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22nd, Pleasant Prairie Fire & Rescue responded to a home (in the 10100 block of 39th Avenue) in Pleasant Prairie for a report of an electrical fire. The homeowners reported sparks coming from an electrical panel in the basement. Crews investigating the call were met at the door by both homeowners. Heavy smoke was immediately evident from under the eaves. Both homeowners were transported to United Hospital System – Kenosha Campus, one with smoke inhalation, and one as a precautionary measure due to previous medical history.
Mutual aid fire units from Beach Park, Newport, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion (Illinois) responded as part of an automatic aid agreement. Pleasant Prairie fire crews first approached the fire in the basement; however, they were hampered by high heat and poor visibility. Fire suppression efforts were further hampered by the placement of security bars on windows throughout the structure. Further interior approaches were attempted, but subsequently stopped due to unsafe floor conditions. Extensive exterior efforts were additionally made to breach walls in order to gain access to the basement.
Primarily due to the cold weather conditions, the incident was upgraded using the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS). The upgraded alarms brought additional equipment and staffing so that crews could rotate out of the cold weather. Departments from Antioch, Bristol, Kansasville, Silver Lake, Somers, Kenosha, Salem, Waukegan, and Wheatland responded. Racine Fire Bells provided rehab assistance. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No firefighter injuries were sustained, and the occupants’ injuries are believed to be non-life-threatening. A functioning smoke detector awoke the occupants and alerted them to the fire.